The Factors and Figures Behind Europe’s World Cup Dominance Trend

With an all-UEFA semifinal field, Europe will be home to the World Cup champion for an unprecedented fourth straight tournament, and there are a number of factors working in concert at the sport’s highest level to make it so.

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Harry and Meghan figures pop up in Windsor ahead of royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – With just days to go ahead of their highly anticipated wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made an appearance in the town of Windsor on Wednesday — or rather life-size models of the couple did.

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Study: Even African Americans Making Almost Six Figures Feel Financially Insecure

A new study reveals that nearly half of African Americans with yearly household incomes between $ 35,000 and $ 150,000 feel financial worry. Forty-five percent of African Americans making incomes of $ 75,000 a year and up say they feel more financially insecure than Americans of other races in the same income bracket.


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The study was conducted by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual). The data also showed that black people were more likely to say they had under-funded retirement savings. Forty-one percent are even concerned about making ends meet.

The majority of the survey respondents did not feel that they lacked money management skills, however 7 percent said they would be interested in receiving financial planning services from their employer.


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“Across the board, African Americans are more likely to say they are unprepared for retirement and feel less financially secure but are more open to education and financial guidance,” said Evan Taylor, head of MassMutual’s African American Markets.

“The findings demonstrate a real need to reach more people, make financial education and guidance more readily available, and focus on financial wellness.”

Some other key takeaways from MassMutual’s study include:

  • Middle-income African Americans are more likely to report difficulty managing their households monthly finances
  • Debt, lack of income, and cost of living are the top African American financial concerns
  • Black Americans are less worried about the cost of healthcare compared to other groups
  • Negative outcomes from financial issues (including the inability to eat healthily, pay for a child’s education, or stress in a marriage or relationship) are reported more by middle-income African Americans

“The African American community is very open to education, information, and advice about financial matters from their employers, financial service firms, and financial professions,” said Taylor. “It’s an opportunity for financial service firms, financial advisers, and employers to make a difference.”


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‘Black Panther’ Action Figures Revealed By Hasbro

Hasbro lifted the curtain on some of its action figures from the upcoming Marvel film “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of the African nation Wakanda.

The six-inch figures, currently being shown at the MCM London Comic Con, are part of the Marvel Legends line and feature cate deco and premium articulation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Like other Legends lines, they will have a Build-a-Figure in which each set will come with a body part so that when you collect them all, you complete Okoye, the character that is one of Panther’s bodyguards.

Among the characters in the line are Black Panther, villain Erik Killmonger (played in the movie by Michael B. Jordan), and Nakia, a deadly fighter played by Lupita Nyong’o.

The movie is due in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018, but the action figures will hit stores in January. They will be sold separately and retail for $ 19.99.

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See Owen Wilson, Ed Helms Search for Dad in ‘Father Figures’ Trailer

Two brothers (Owen Wilson, Ed Helms) find out that the father they thought was dead may actually be alive, so they set out to find him in the upcoming comedy movie, Father Figures. But their quest leads to discovering more about their mother Helen Baxter (Glenn Close) than they ever wanted to know.

After 40 years, Baxter reveals the truth to her sons, Kyle (Wilson) and Peter

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Just one third of cast members in British films are women – less than in 1913, new figures show

WHEN you sit down to watch a British film, on average less than a third of the cast will be female – and there’s a decent chance one of them will be Dame Judi Dench.

This male-female ratio has barely changed in 100 years, according to the British Film Institute, which has created a new database of UK movie stats at

Dame Judi Dench is the most prolific British actress who is still working – having starred in 41 films
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James Bond, portrayed here by Sean Connery, is the joint most featured character in British film along with Queen Victoria

While the records show a fascination with Queen Victoria, the news is not so good for women working in the business.

The 19th century monarch, played twice by Dench, has been portrayed in as many films as the fictional spy James Bond.

But the stats back up claims that sexism is entrenched in movies. In 1913, 31 per cent of the cast in all the movies made that year were female. By 2017, the figure is just 30 per cent.

Those actresses who don’t play a named character are most likely to end up playing an unnamed prostitute or a housekeeper.

Kate Dickie, the most used British actress of the last decade whose roles have included a lady of the night, said: “I don’t have any more prostitutes in me. I don’t know how we will change the film industry until we change society.”

The data also reveals how tastes have altered over the years. In the 1970s it was the king of horror Peter Cushing ruling at the box office and in the 1990s ‘lad’ Keith Allen nabbed the most roles.

The British Film Institute has created a new database of UK movie stats

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The 1960’s saw John le Mesurier star in 51 films
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John le Mesurier 51 films

Marianne Stone 62 films


Peter Cushing 29 films

Marianne Stone 37 films


In the 1980’s Robbie Coltrane starred in 16 films
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Robbie Coltrane 16 films

Liz Smith 14 films


Keith Allen 14 films

Sadie Frost 10 films


Michael Gambon 21 films

Shirley Henderson 18 films


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Jim Broadbent 21 films

Kate Dickie 13 films


  1. Queen Victoria 25 films
  2. James Bond 25 films
  3. Sherlock Holmes 24 films
  4. Miss Moneypenny 17 films
  5. M 16 films
  6. Q 15 films
  7. Prince of Wales 13 films
  8. Old Mother Riley 13 films
  9. Queen Elizabeth 12 films
  10. Felix Leiter 10 films
  11. Henry VIII 8 films
  12. Harry Potter 8 films

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‘Hidden Figures’ screenings at embassies inspire a program for women in STEM


Hidden Figures not only got three Oscar nominations — it also inspired the U.S. State Department to bring 50 women in science, technology, engineering, and math together. 

Apparently, nearly 80 embassies requested screenings of the film, which is based on the true story of three African-American women working at NASA to send an astronaut into space.

After the State Department noticed how much interest the moving was generating, it started the #HiddenNoMore STEM exchange program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be run through the department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Read more…

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11 Comically Ugly Celebrity Wax Figures That Should Be Melted Immediately

Look, we get it. Recreating a celebrity’s likeness in wax, or any material (aren’t some of them 70 percent wax already?), is hard. But it shouldn’t be this hard, should it? See 11 times that wax sculptors missed the mark, from Ryan Gosling, to Justin Timberlake, to Beyoncé, Beyoncé, and well, Beyoncé.

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The Internet’s New Obsession Is Finding a Way to Remake Hocus Pocus With the Cast of Hidden Figures

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Taraji P. Henson Shares Why She ”Immediately Got Upset” After Reading the Hidden Figures Script at the 2017 Oscars

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‘Hidden Figures’ Continues Its Reign At The Box Office While ‘Monster Trucks’ Bombs

LOS ANGELES ( – It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.

Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the onslaught of new releases.

“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”

Amidst the carnage, Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $ 20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $ 25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $ 59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American NASA workers during the early days of the space program has been one of the biggest breakouts of awards season.

“Hidden Figures” faced stiff competition from Lionsgate’s “La La Land,” riding high after sweeping the Golden Globe Awards, and STX’s “The Bye Bye Man,” which earned $ 14.5 million and $ 13.4 million, respectively. “La La Land” is widely expected to dominate the Oscar nominations. The musical about lovestruck Angelenos should finish the four-day weekend with another $ 17.5 million in domestic receipts, which would bring its stateside total to more than $ 77 million.

“The Bye Bye Man’s” strong reception is welcome news for STX, which had expected the film to open to roughly $ 10 million. The horror movie about college students grappling with a deadly supernatural figure cost less than $ 8 million to produce. It should make $ 15 million over the four-day holiday. Studio executives said they weren’t afraid of the crush of new releases heading into the weekend, because they felt they were the only film targeted to younger females. STX also wanted to release the picture on Friday the 13th, a marketing hook for scary movies.

“We knew we were going to be able to get that core audience of females,” said Kevin Grayson, STX’s domestic distribution president. “Not only did they go on Friday, they continued to go all weekend.”

Heading into the weekend, most analysts expected CBS Films and Lionsgate’s “Patriots Day” to put up more of a fight. The drama about the Boston Marathon Bombing earned $ 12 million after moving from seven theaters to 3,120 locations. It could make $ 14.3 million over the four-day stretch. That’s below projections ― analysts expected the film to earn as much as $ 18 million. However, the studios believe that “Patriots Day” could benefit from enthusiastic word-of-mouth. Audiences gave the film a rare A+ CinemaScore.

“Monster Trucks’” failure seemed preordained. Last year, Paramount took a $ 115 million write-down on the film. “Monster Trucks’” reception justified that fiscal white-flag waving. It opened to a pallid $ 10.5 million and a projected $ 14.1 million over the holiday, a disastrous result given its $ 125 million budget.

“The movie works for the audience it’s intended to work for,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s marketing and distribution head. “It did really well in the midwest and south. It was over 50 percent kids. The balance was good between boys and girls…without a whole lot of competition, it will keep plugging along.”

Paramount has hit a rough patch. The studio was embroiled in a corporate power struggle that pitted the controlling Redstone family against Philippe Dauman, the former chairman of Paramount’s parent company Viacom. The Redstones ultimately prevailed, but the pressure is now on Paramount chief Brad Grey to prove he can deliver more hits. The studio scored with “Fences” and “Arrival,” but lost millions on the likes of “Allied,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” and “Ben-Hur.”

“Live by Night’s” troubles will hit Affleck hard. He directed, produced, and wrote the Dennis LeHane adaptation, and took a starring role as a charismatic rum runner. Warner Bros. is releasing the $ 65 million production. It earned a sallow $ 5.4 million and should end the four-day holiday with just over $ 6 million, which more or less leaves the gangster picture on the slab. Affleck should be on firmer commercial ground reprising his Dark Knight role in “Justice League” later this year.

Open Road’s “Sleepless” didn’t fare too well either, although it cost significantly less than “Live by Night” and “Monster Trucks.” The $ 30 million production stars Foxx as a morally compromised cop whose extracurricular activities endanger his son. It kicked off with a meager $ 8.5 million and should end the long weekend with $ 10.1 million in the till. The studio says that “Sleepless” will make its way into the black because Open Road covered its financial exposure by selling foreign distribution rights and through tax rebates.

“Given our economics, this $ 10 million opening on ‘Sleepless’ will certainly become profitable for Open Road,” said a spokeswoman.

Then there’s “Silence,” a decades-in-the-making religious drama. Scorsese struggled for years to cobble together the financing for this story about Jesuit priests who risk torture and death to spread the gospel in feudal Japan, but audiences seemed to have little appetite for his rumination on faith. “Silence” expanded from 51 theaters to 747 locations, earning just over $ 2 million for the long weekend. The $ 50 million film was financed independently. Paramount is distributing the picture.

“Marty Scorsese is one of the greatest living filmmakers,” said Colligan. “He’s earned the right to independently finance a movie and make the movie he wants to make. This is a complicated, beautiful film, one that movie critics have named the best of the year and one that will be taught in film schools for years. It needs to be judged on its merits.”

Holdovers “Sing” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” continued to show strength, with both films earning roughly $ 13.8 million. “Sing,” the latest collaboration between the “Despicable Me” team of Universal and Illumination, has earned $ 237.2 million stateside. “Rogue One” is now the top-grossing 2016 release with more than $ 500 million in receipts. It will cross the $ 1 billion mark at the global box office this week.

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WWE WrestleMania Ultimate Warrior vs. Sheamus Battle Pack Action Figures, 2-Pack

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This 2-Pack of WWE WrestleMania Action Figures features Ultimate Warrior vs. Sheamus, a fantasy match-up for many fans. With these characters, you’re able to imagine what would happen if wrestling’s Superstars who’ve never had a WrestleMania match together actually had a chance to battle it out. Each figure comes with signature ring gear, Superstar expressions, iconic accessories and battle objects. Details are realistic, right down to hair and accessories. Articulated limbs make actions look lifelike. Get the entire collection and host the ultimate fantasy match-up. It’s a fun activity for children, enthusiasts and collectors alike. Two action figures in one pack means the battle can start as soon as you open the package. Each battle pack of WWE WrestleMania figures is sold separately, including the wrestling ring, and is subject to availability.

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With humor, child logic, and imagination, Caillou will help your child make sense of the world. These collectible figures let your child play out his or her own life adventures, like going to a picnic or going to the circus. With Caillou, even bedtime or going to the doctor can become a better experience.
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